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Water Cooperation Essential for Sustainable Development

According to UNICEF: Every day, around the world, nearly 2,000 children under age five die from diseases directly linked to contaminated water, a lack of sanitation or poor hygiene. In war-torn countries like Syria, the situation is most critical for refugees.

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Copenhagen – UN City

“UN City is an example of how modern, energy-efficient offices can play their part in building the future we want,” Mr. Ban said, echoing the title of the outcome of last year’s landmark Rio+20 summit, which has become the international community’s roadmap to sustainability, urging dramatic shifts in consumption & production patterns & protecting & managing the planet’s natural resource base.

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The first day of Spring, 20 March 2013, is a time of rebirth, renewal, and the inception of International Day of Happiness. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in proclaiming the day issued a call of commitment from Global Citizens to engage in furthering human development for all mankind. This encompasses the tools of education to improve potential for livelihoods, healthcare, and hunger elimination by utilizing a more secure and sustainable green environment.

Last year at a meeting of Happiness and Wellbeing, the government of Bhutan put forth the goal of “Gross National Happiness over Gross National Product.” Today, March 20, the green of nature trumps the green of the dollar! Happy Spring as we all return to our childhood roots.

 

UN News Centre Source

20 March 2013 – Marking the first ever International Day of Happiness, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the international community to commit to an inclusive and sustainable human development that will improve the wellbeing of those who lack basic services needed to pursue happiness.

“People around the world aspire to lead happy and fulfilling lives free from fear and want, and in harmony with nature,” Mr. Ban said in his message for the Day.

“Yet, basic material well-being is still elusive for far too many living in extreme poverty. For many more, recurring socio-economic crises, violence and crime, environmental degradation and increasing threats of climate change are an ever-present threat.”

In April 2012, the UN held a High-level Meeting on the topic of ‘Happiness and Well-Being: Defining a New Economic Paradigm’ at the initiative of Bhutan, a country which recognized the supremacy of national happiness over national income since the early 1970s and famously adopted the goal of Gross National Happiness over Gross National Product (GDP).

In July, the General Assembly proclaimed 20 March the International Day of Happiness, recognizing the relevance of happiness and wellbeing as universal goals and aspirations in people’s lives around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives.

“I am encouraged by the efforts of some Governments to design policies based on comprehensive well-being indicators. I encourage others to follow suit,” Mr. Ban said. “On this first International Day of Happiness, let us reinforce our commitment to inclusive and sustainable human development and renew our pledge to help others.

“When we contribute to the common good, we ourselves are enriched. Compassion promotes happiness and will help build the future we want.”

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Blog Report: SPACE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY AS CATALYST FOR GREATER ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY, By Susan Sacirbey
Human development and education is enhanced by space science and technology. On 4 October, 2012, the United Nations celebrates World Space Week, the largest annual space event in the world. Proclaimed in 1999 by the UN General Assembly in celebration of space technology’s betterment of mankind, World Space Week is historically observed annually this week.
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Blog Report: HOW DIGITAL CAN SPUR DEVELOPMENT & IDENTIFY SOURCES OF ECONOMIC GROWTH, By Ambassador Mo
New UN initiative was launched this week in Jakarta, Indonesia, country now becoming a true driver of economic growth in Asia as well as leader in social media use. This UN initiative will explore how digital data can help tackle development challenges by identifying population trends, behaviors and attitudes in real-time.
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Blog Report: OBESITY EUROPE/CENTRAL ASIA THREAT, By Ambassador Mo
Obesity/unhealthy nutrition is becoming a major health concern for Europe & Central Asia. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization is warning that obesity & diet-related illnesses could emerge as the major challenges while hunger will only be a “minor” problem. –More–
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